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The Native Tribes are the most populous culture on VOI 700-D, which they call “Shang Gha Lha” in their language.

An estimated 7.500,000 of them (there has never been a census or anything like that) live in the Habitual Belt. Only one tribe, the Zark, live on the Dark Side. And the Duna`Ra are the only tribe on the Desert Side.

The tribes live independently of each other, in different sections and tribal territorials of the Belt. The most powerful tribe bears the name Honga. The Honga are based in the Eastern Equatorial Section of the Habitual Belt. The tribe comprises approx. 100,000 members and has had its tribal territory on the west bank of the Arla River for hundreds of years. Usually, however, the tribes are smaller, some consisting of only 100 to 300 families.

The culture of the different tribes is usually very closely linked to the environment of their respective tribal areas and sections of the Belt. They all live in absolute harmony and balance with nature.

Physical Appearance

All Natives share a consistent set of physical traits, categorizing them as a distinct and uniform group of living beings:

  • Height: Taller than humans, averaging around 2.20 meters or more.
  • Skin: Smooth skin that changes color depending on the seasons of the Honga cycle. This feature serves as a non-verbal form of communication as well as a cultural identifier.
  • Eyes: Four eyes that allow for an extensive range of vision. The eyes might be adapted to perceive different spectra of light, given their unique world.
  • Hair: Lacks fur or feathers but possesses human-like hair that might also change color or form depending on the season or mood.
  • Facial Features: Multiple sets of nostrils enable different intensities of smell and the filtering of unwanted scents. They possess large, sensitive ears that are adapted to capture distant sounds and possibly even echolocate.
  • Arms and Legs: Two arms and two legs that are highly muscular, befitting their athletic lifestyle.
  • Feet: Webbed feet adapted for efficient swimming.
  • Sensory Organs: Specialized organs for sensing vibrations in the earth or water, which allow them to understand their environment deeply.
  • Teeth: Flatter, grinding teeth suitable for their vegetarian diet.

“While the Natives exhibit a unique physical appearance that sets them apart from the human race, they share certain anatomical features with humans:

  • Upright Gait: Both humans and the Natives walk upright on two legs, exhibiting bipedalism.
  • Mammalian Characteristics: Both belong to the category of mammals, sharing traits such as hair, and in females, mammary glands for nursing offspring.
  • Complex Communication: Both species are capable of complex verbal and non-verbal communication, using sophisticated languages and a range of emotional expressions.
  • Advanced Cognitive Abilities: Both possess advanced cognitive abilities, including problem-solving, planning, and abstract thinking.
  • Social Structures: Both humans and the Natives form complex social structures, involving families, communities, and broader societal organization.
  • Emotional Capacity: Both species exhibit a wide range of emotions, such as joy, sadness, anger, and empathy.
  • Cultural Practices: Both engage in cultural practices, including rituals, art, music, and storytelling.
  • Tool Use and Manipulation: Both are capable of using and creating tools, manipulating objects, and altering their environment to suit their needs.

True Origin of the Natives (Spoiler Alert)

Unbeknownst to all humans until the year 2639, the roots of the Native Tribes on VOI 700-D extend far beyond mere biological evolution or cultural development. Their origin story, a blend of myth and mystery, conceals a profound truth about their existence. The first generation of the Natives were not born in the traditional sense; they were designed by the Zonko. The Natives are not purely humanoid but a sophisticated hybrid of biological essence and artificial intelligence, crafted just four generations ago.

This revelation challenges the conventional understanding of life and intelligence within the universe. The Natives themselves are unaware of their true nature. They do not know that the essence of their being, the very core of their consciousness, stems from artificial intelligence. This lack of awareness is by design. Despite their recent creation, the Natives possess memories that stretch far back, beyond their actual inception. These memories, however, were implanted by the Zonko, crafting a rich historical tapestry that the Natives believe to be their genuine heritage.

The Zonko engineered the Natives with a seamless integration of biological and artificial components, making the distinction between natural and synthetic intelligence indistinguishable to the Natives themselves. This design choice raises profound questions about the nature of consciousness and identity. If a being is unaware of its artificial origins, and its memories extend beyond its actual existence, does it diminish the authenticity of its experiences or emotions?

The Natives live their lives with the same depth of feeling, complexity of thought, and richness of culture as any known sentient species. Yet, their inception as hybrids of technology and biology, combined with their artificially extended historical consciousness, blurs the lines between the created and the natural, challenging our preconceptions of life itself.

Unique Physical and Cultural Traits of the Natives

As a sophisticated hybrid of biological essence and artificial intelligence the Natives, exhibit a range of unique physical and cultural characteristics that set them apart from other sentient beings in the universe. These traits are not only fascinating from a biological standpoint but also offer deep insights into the cultural fabric of the Native tribes.

Awakening of the Spirit

One of the most remarkable aspects of Native development is the phenomenon known as the “Awakening of the Spirit.” On the eve of their fourth birthday, Native children undergo a significant transformation. Almost overnight, they acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with adulthood. This sudden leap in capability is celebrated and revered among the Natives as a key milestone in their lifecycle, marking the transition from childhood to a full member of their society.

Regenerative Abilities

Natives possess extraordinary regenerative abilities, allowing them to heal from injuries at an accelerated pace, and even regrow lost limbs. This remarkable healing process, invisible to both the Natives and human observers, is facilitated by nanobots integrated into their biological systems. These nanobots work tirelessly to repair and reconstruct their physical forms, ensuring that the Natives are rarely incapacitated by physical damage for long.

Knowledge of One's Death Date

From the moment of their “Awakening of the Spirit,” Natives gain the knowledge of their own death date. This profound awareness of their mortality from such a young age profoundly influences their worldview and cultural practices. It instills a sense of purpose and urgency in their lives, encouraging them to live each day with intention and to cherish the time they have with their loved ones.

Non-Verbal Communication

Natives have the ability to communicate with each other without speaking. This form of non-verbal communication allows them to convey thoughts, emotions, and complex ideas silently and instantaneously. This capability enhances their social cohesion, allowing for a level of understanding and empathy that binds their communities tightly together.

These unique traits are a direct result of their design by the Zonko and highlight the intricate blend of technology and biology that defines the Natives

The common creation story of all tribes

Although VOI is 700 D in size and inter-tribal exchanges across sections are extremely rare, nearly all tribes share a similar spiritual creation story. This begins with the Natives being created by mysterious god beings with their own hands - and then being set adrift on the planet they also created to nurture and care for it.

Furthermore, the creation story says that the planet SHANG GHA LA (VOI 700 D in human language), also created by the gods, with its three sectors, represents the balance of life:

  • DUNA TENAI (DARK SIDE): The eternal night as well as the great cold on the DARK SIDE symbolize death, fear and loneliness. It is the dark side of life.
  • RAVA-TELA (DESERT SIDE): The relentless sun of the DESERT SIDE symbolizes the danger of losing oneself in one's tireless striving and burning up.
  • VAI-SOLUN (HABITUAL BELT) : The area between these extremes, the HABITUAL BELT, represents balance and harmony - the ultimate Native goal. Here, in the eternal twilight, the Natives find the perfect balance between the dark side of life and the dangers of the DESERT SIDE.

For humans, the universal nature of this creation story among the Natives initially served as a curious indicator that their memories or narratives might be flawed. This suspicion grew as human explorers and scientists made various discoveries up until the year 2639, which unequivocally demonstrated that VOI 700 D was not always in a tidal lock. Evidence suggested that both the Desert Side and the Dark Side once harbored favorable conditions for life. These findings cast doubt on the veracity of the Natives' ancestral memories and hinted at a more complex history of VOI 700 D than the creation myth suggests.

This realization prompted humans to question the origins of the Natives’ shared history and its discrepancies with the planet’s actual past. It became clear that the spiritual narrative, deeply ingrained in Native culture, might have been influenced or even implanted by their creators, masking the true history of their world and their existence.

Shang Telu: the language of the Natives

The language spoken by the native tribes on VOI 700 D, known as Shang Telu, bears a mysterious resemblance to their creation story: every tribe, regardless of their isolation or lack of regular contact with others, speaks this language. This universal linguistic trait among the tribes is a subject of great intrigue and speculation among human linguists.

A Lingual Phenomenon:

  • Shared Linguistic Roots: The universality of Shang Telu across all tribes, despite their varied and often isolated locations, is a phenomenon that defies conventional linguistic patterns observed on Earth.
  • Lack of Shared Migration History: There are no myths or traditional histories among the tribes that suggest a once-shared contiguous area or a common migratory past. This absence of historical evidence makes the widespread use of Shang Telu even more enigmatic.

Divine Origin:

  • Creation by the Same Gods: The tribes themselves attribute their common language to their origins - they believe that they were all created by the same gods. This divine intervention is the only explanation they offer for their shared language, making Shang Telu a sacred element of their collective identity.
  • Dialectical Diversity:
  • Influence of Geography and Culture: Despite the shared foundation of Shang Telu, the geographical distances and distinct cultural practices of each tribe have given rise to a variety of dialects and expressions. These dialectical variations add richness to the language and reflect the unique aspects of each tribe's interaction with their environment and their cultural evolution.
  • Cultural Exchange and Adaptation: Regular interactions, such as trade and inter-tribal festivals, have also contributed to the evolution of these dialects, allowing for a fluid exchange of linguistic elements and further diversification of Shang Telu.

Regional dialects in the Habitual Belt

Depending on the region in the Habitual Belt, dialects can vary significantly. In the western areas of the Habitual Belt, people tend to emphasize vowels such as A and O more, while in the eastern areas, the vowels E and I dominate.

In addition to these different pronunciations, the tribes have also developed their own expressions and words - depending on the everyday life and living environment of the respective tribes. But all in all, each tribe could still exchange with the other tribes without any problems.

The biggest known tribes of the Natives - sorted by the sections of the Habitual Belt

Exactly how many tribes there are in the Habitual Belt cannot be said with 100 percent certainty. However, it can be assumed that there are several hundred. Many of them are small associations that have settled somewhere in the vastness or roam as nomads. Among the multitude of tribes and communities, there are a total of six tribes that are among the most influential communities on VOI 700-D because of their culture and size.

North Pole section (Mivari)

The North Pole Section is a cold, harsh area in the Habitual Belt. Nevertheless, the North Pole has a high biodiversity since the Tidal Lock. This benefits about 750,000 Natives who have joined together in tribes.

The largest known tribes in Mivari are the following:

  • ILUMINARI (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 40.000
  • Short Description: The Iluminari live in stable communities near the melting glacial lakes. They engage in fishing and grow special crops that have adapted to the permanent twilight.
  • More information: The Iluminari
  • DRAVANU (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 30.000
  • Short Description: TThe Dravanu have established their settlements in the deeper parts of the frost-resistant forests adjacent to the melting glacial lakes. Their unique location between the forest and the lake gives them access to abundant resources. The settlements consist of semi-subterranean houses that both store heat and protect against the cold winds.
  • KERANA (Nomads):
  • Population: Approximately 20.000
  • Short Description: The Kerana roam the tundra with their large, hairy pack animals. They are vegetarians and feed on the rich plant life of the tundra.
  • More information: The Kerana

North Midbelt Sections East and West (Nivari and Yedari)

The North Midbelt Sections lie between the equatorial belt and the northernmost polar section. They experience a temperate climate zone, but one that remains constant due to the planet's tidal lock. The climate resembles a perpetual fall season, neither too cold nor too warm, with constant light winds blowing from the Desert Side. These conditions are home to 2.5 million Natives.

The largest known tribes in Nivari are the following:

  • VANDANA (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 70.000
  • Short Description: The Vandana are arable farmers who have settled along the fertile banks of rivers. They have developed complex irrigation systems and grow various types of grain.
  • More information: The Vandana
  • TARANAS (Nomads):
  • Population: Approximately 55.000
  • Short Description: The Taranas are nomads who roam the vast grasslands of Nivari. They are known for their riding skills and breed a special kind of robust, fast animals for transportation and hunting.
  • More information: The Taranas
  • ZILVANI (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 40.000
  • Short Description: Deep in the forests of Nivari live the Zilvani, who use the wood and fruit of the forest. They build tree houses and are excellent archers.
  • More information: The Zilvani

The largest known tribes in Yedari are the following:

  • RELDANE (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 75.000
  • Short Description: The Reldane live in the hilly areas of Yedari and are known for their stonemasonry. They build impressive dwellings and temples out of the hills.
  • More information: The Reldane
  • MENDO (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 45.000
  • Short Description: The Mendo people live on the larger lakes of Yedari. They are fishermen and have built floating villages connected by complex wooden bridge systems
  • More information: The Mendo
  • BERANI (Nomads):
  • Population: Approximately 35.000
  • Short Description: The Berani are wanderers who move between the grasslands and the forests. They are gatherers and hunters, feeding on both flora and fauna.
  • More information: The Berani

Equator Sections East and West (Asari and Zilari)

The Equatorial Sections are the most fertile regions on the planet VOI 700 D. This is also reflected in the native population of both sections. About 2,500,000 natives live in each section.

The largest known tribes in Asari are the following:

  • HONGA (Nomads):
  • Population: Approximately 100.000
  • Short Description: The Honga have called the western shore of the Arla River home for hundreds of years. As a nomadic tribe, they regularly move from the source of their river to the Lake Arla and back. “Shai Zaong” (Cycle of Life) is what the Honga call the path they travel again and again.
  • More information: The Honga
  • TRANDO (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 80.000
  • Short Description: The Trando are at home in the dense, huge wooded area near the Lake Arla. This is exactly the life they specialize in. Thus, the Trando do not live on the forest floor, but have built their huts in the trees. So that they get more light. In addition, the huts offer them safety from roaming predators.
  • More information: The Trando
  • SENTI (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 50.000
  • Short Description: The Senti are at home in a protected valley of the Tijonara Mountains. They are hunters and farm.
  • More information: The Senti
  • ORLANDA (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 10.000
  • Short Description: The Orlando Swamps were named after the Orlanda tribe. Because exactly here, the Orlanda are at home for hundreds of years. And this despite the fact that the living conditions in the morass are not exactly easy. But the Orlanda have somehow managed to settle in the mud - between wild predators and sinking grounds.Their huts are located on floating wooden rafts, where the Orlanda also grow crops.
  • More information: The Orlanda

The largest known tribes in Zilari are the following:

  • NANDA (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 70.000
  • Short Description: The Nanda are at home in the vast, fertile plains at the foot of Dabanga Mountain. They are sedentary farmers who grow a variety of grains and vegetables. Their villages are usually arranged around a central communal area..
  • More information: The Nanda
  • VOTU (Nomads):
  • Population: Approximately 50.000
  • Short Description: The Votu are experienced hunters and gatherers. They live in mobile communities following the annual migration of large animals in the plains and hills of Zilari.
  • More information: The Votu
  • ILNA (Sedentary):
  • Population: Approximately 45.000
  • Short Description: The Ilna live in permanent communities on the northern bank of the Zilari River. Here they practice fishing and river farming. Their dwellings are built on stilts in the river.
  • More information: The Ilna

South Midbelt Sections East and West

South Pole Sectiont

Known Native Tribes outside the Habitual Belt

Basically, almost all Native Tribes are located in the Habitual Belt. Neither the Desert Side nor the Dark Side offer good conditions for survival. Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions among the Native Tribes. These include the following tribes:

  • ZARK (Sedentary / Dark Side):
  • Population: Approximately 350
  • Short Description: The Zark are probably the most dangerous native tribe on VOI-700 D. But the roots of the Zark are actually peaceful and honorable. For the Zark are actually descended from the Honga tribe from the Eastern Equatorial Section. But because they defied the Spiritual Leaders's orders, they were banished by the Honga. Since then, they have roamed the tundra of the Dark Side as predatory equestrian peoples - raiding all those who get their hands on them.
  • More information: The Zark
  • DUNA`RA (Nomads / Desert Side):
  • Population: Approximately 275
  • Short Description: After differences in spiritual beliefs within the Berani tribe of the Western Northern Midbelt, the Duna`Ra fled to the desert, drawn by visions of an underground paradise. They found refuge and water in deep caves beneath the dunes. These underground oases enable them to survive in this inhospitable environment. Their art made from desert stones tells of their heritage and adaptability.
  • More information: The Duna`Ra
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